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Birdwatcher

The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
Rosenthal, Elizabeth J. (Book - 2008 )
Birdwatcher
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More than three hundred interviews with Peterson's family, friends, and associates are compiled in this centennial tribute to the award-winning author of 1934's classic Field Guide to Birds, lecturer of the National Audubon Society, and celebrated conservationist.

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Roger Tory Peterson—the Renaissance man who taught Americans the joy of watching birds—also invented the modern field guide. His 1934 landmark Field Guide to the Birds was the first book designed to go outdoors and help people identify the elements of nature. This self-proclaimed “student of nature” combined spectacular writing with detailed illustrations to ultimately publish many other books, winning every possible award and medal for natural science, ornithology, and conservation. Peterson also traveled the world, giving lectures on behalf of the National Audubon Society and, despite his self-effacing demeanor, becoming recognized as the key force to alerting the public to the importance of preserving nature. There are now an estimated 70 million birdwatchers in the United States.
For this meticulously detailed biography, Rosenthal has interviewed more than a hundred of Peterson’s family, friends, and associates to create a fully rounded portrait of this hero of the conservation movement. Never-before-seen photographs enhance this intimate portrayal. The book will be timed for his 100th birthday celebration in August, 2008.

Roger Tory Peterson?the Renaissance man who taught Americans the joy of watching birds?also invented the modern field guide. His 1934 landmark Field Guide to the Birds was the first book designed to go outdoors and help people identify the elements of nature. This self-proclaimed ?student of nature” combined spectacular writing with detailed illustrations to ultimately publish many other books, winning every possible award and medal for natural science, ornithology, and conservation.
Birdwatcher is a comprehensive, illustrated biography of Roger Tory Peterson--a hero in the conservation world--including interviews with friends, family, and protégés.


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Drawing on numerous interviews, Rosenthal (New Jersey state civil servant/freelance writer/birdlover) relates the life of the author of the Field Guide to the Birds (1934), which launched the Peterson field guide series and birdwatching as a popular pastime in the U.S. Previously unpublished photos show aspects of the life of the National Audubon Society naturalist who was born 100 years ago (and was a frequent truant from school until he joined the Junior Audubon Club); Peterson died in 1996. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Retells the life and career of Roger Tory Peterson, avid bird watcher, nature artist, and writer, who wrote the first field guide for recreational bird watching in 1934.

Authors: Rosenthal, Elizabeth J.
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth J. Rosenthal
Title: Birdwatcher
the life of Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2008
Characteristics: vi, 437 p., [16] : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references [399]-422 and index
Subject Headings: Ornithologists United States Biography Peterson, Roger Tory, 1908-1996
Topical Term: Ornithologists
LCCN: 2008008704
ISBN: 1599212943
9781599212944
Branch Call Number: B Peterson R
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